Following its qualification to the quarter-final of the ongoing FIFA U17 World Cup, Golden Eaglets coach Emmanuel Amuneke has said they are now candidates to win the title.
The Nigerian U17’s, defending world champions, mauled Australia 6-0 in their round of 16 fixture to book a quarter-final date with Brazil and Amuneke says they’re in with a shout to win it, while also admitting that Brazil are favourites.
“We are candidates to win the title, but so are Brazil. We will work to put up a good fight,” said Amuneke after the smashing victory over Australia.
Speaking on the win over the Aussies, the former Nigeria winger says they played against a very good Australian team, but suggested his team was better.
“It was a very interesting match. We knew that Australia was a good team because they qualified from a very difficult group, but my players were able to recuperate themselves from the loss against Croatia and regained their level.
“Victor (Osimhen) had a great game, although the philosophy of this team is to play collectively.”
A win against Brazil takes Nigeria to the semi-finals, and another step closer to retaining the title, and winning it for a record 5th time.